Child Development Associate

The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is a way for child care professionals to substantially increase your knowledge of the early care and education best practices, demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the area of early childhood care and education, and advance your career in a meaningful way.

The nationally recognized CDA credential is awarded after:

  • Successful completion of a 120 hour professional training program
  • Demonstration of skills needed to work with children and their families
  • Successful completion of a resource file
  • Submission of a credential assessment application to the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.
  • Successful completion of a formal written and oral review by a representative from the Council for Professional Recognition

Successful completion means you are able to:

  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
  • Advance physical and intellectual competence
  • Support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism

There are three ways to obtain the CDA:

  • Our online 120 hour online training program – infant-toddler or pre-school or family child care – with some in-person support. This program can be started at any time.
  • Our in-person 120 hour class for infant-toddler and family child care program teachers that is held from September to June. Sponsored by the Westchester County Office for Women, there is only a $50 materials fee for this class.
  • Our in-person 120 hour class for preschool teachers that is offered each year. Sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Workforce Investment, there is only a $50 materials fee for this class. 

Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have at least one (1) year’s work experience in a licensed child care program or nursery school
  • Be able to speak, read and write in English fluently enough to fulfill the responsibilities of a CDA candidate

For information about the eCDA, the online CDA course, or the in-person infant-toddler CDA, contact Idie Benjamin, Director of Professional Development, at (914) 761-3456 x108 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Us

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Child Care Specialists extended hours are available on Tuesdays until 7pm to help you make an informed decision about child care.

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

Fax: (914) 761-1957

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